This year, I was blessed to celebrate and capture the weddings of 19 amazing couples! It was such an honor to be a part of the most special day of their lives. I am so grateful for these couples, my husband and family, and my Savior! Because of them, I’ve had the love and support to passionately pursue my photography. I’m ending 2013 with a business stronger than I could have imagined, and a heart fuller than I’ve ever known. Cheers to another beautiful year ahead!
Not long after Jillian and Matt met in college, they went to a murder mystery party. She was Ginger Rogers, and he was Fred Astaire. And so began their classic love story. A story of a couple who loves to watch movies together, spend time with family, go running and biking, eat peanut butter M&Ms, and occasionally stay in bed on the weekends. He says his wife is beautiful, patient, hardworking, studious, and loving. She says her husband is nerdy, smart, caring, handsome, silly, and awesome. And I say they’re all those things and more! The way they love each other so boldly yet sweetly – it shows, and it overflows.
Some of my favorite moments happened before the ceremony even started. Jillian walked from her bridal suite down to the lake. She had a huge smile on her face because the moment had come for the first look. And this is the part where I would usually say that she tapped her groom on his shoulder… but no wait! This first look was for her dad and her brother! Before she even saw her groom, Jillian wanted a special moment with the other special guys in her life. As Jillian hugged them both, I looked over my shoulder and saw the bridesmaids in tears with a box of kleenex. And before anyone could wipe their eyes, the bride’s mother said, “I have something for you, Jillian!” Inside a little polka-dotted box was a handmade jewelry piece, designed to wrap around Jillian’s bouquet, with photo lockets of her grandparents. Family is so important to Jillian so that gift meant the world. And this was all before the first look with Matt! So when that moment came, I was done for – hand me a kleenex!
Jillian & Matt’s wedding was sprinkled with their love story. The ceremony program featured “5 Things You May Not Have Known About the Bride/Groom” including that she only eats the tops off of muffins, and that he really wanted to have a Star Wars themed wedding! It said that idea didn’t get very far, but Matt and his groomsmen sported Star Wars themed cufflinks! What’s more, the candy table featured fortune cookies with Star Wars quotes like, “Let the Wookie win!” Later on, they played the Shoe Game – it was hilarious and showed what a fun couple they are! The evening ended with their family and friends surrounding them in a circle, blowing bubbles as they held each other close for their last dance!
Here’s to an incredible love, Mr. and Mrs. Fichman!